On Answering the question “TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF…” By Gertrude Nyatichi

It sounds very simple right? I mean, it’s all about you and your achievements and nobody can tell it better than you. The issue...


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It sounds very simple right? I mean, it’s all about you and your achievements and nobody can tell it better than you.

The issue is not about how easy or simple this question sounds but rather, how well we can answer it to the satisfaction of the listener. It is about how well we can tell our story to strangers to enable them to have a clear understanding of who we are and coming across as genuine. It is not about waffling away and using anecdotes and responses which we think, will impress the listener. In addition, you need to answer this question in the context in which it is asked. There is no one size fits all answer. But it needs to be answered in a succinct manner – short, sharp and to the point!

Most, if not all of us have, at one time or another, listened to or chatted with a public speaker. One common trait about these individuals is their sell belief and ability to sell themselves. They have a very strong insight in to who they are. Whenever they speak about themselves, their description is well packaged and given a fine touch that will leave no second thoughts. They have a way of wooing the crowd by just speaking about what they have done over time and how they have achieved things. In one way or another, this gets to touch an individual resulting in some choosing to change their ways. This is not something that can just happen if the individuals did not believe in what the speakers were saying.

Most of us will be heard saying, “Najijua sana” i.e. I know myself very well. Well this is all well and good but really, how well do we really know ourselves? Knowledge of the self goes beyond the personal life, occupation, emotions and what one can accommodate and what not. We might not be speakers but we should be able to clearly define who we are to strangers and have them believe us? To read more posts by Gertrude, click HERE 

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